Vanaja N. Sarna
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE/DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
CENTRAL BOARD OF EXCISE & CUSTOMS
Dated 28th April, 2017
It may be recalled that three proposals relating to grant of Apex Grade to 1981-82 batches, HAG+ to 1984-85 and HAG to 1986-87 batches had been sent to UPSC. I am happy to inform that UPSC has granted time for DPCs for all the three proposals on 9th May, 2017. This has been possible thanks to the personal interest taken by Chairman, UPSC who has been so kind to schedule the DPCs at such short notice in the midst of his busy schedule on account of the annual Civil Service Examination interviews which are presently on.
On the GST front, five States – Telangana, Bihar, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh have passed the SGST Acts as on date. The other States are also in the process of calling sessions of the respective legislative assemblies/council for passage of the law. With regard to Rules, as on date, 14 Rules have been put up in public domain which are available on the departmental website.
This week, the Revenue Secretary had addressed a workshop – ‘GST Conclave’, exclusively for media persons at the National Media Centre, New Delhi. This workshop was aimed at explaining the legislative and procedural aspects to persons from the media, which will help them in their reporting of progress in GST. The workshop is also available on the youtube channel – ‘GST_India’.
In the coming months, the Revenue Secretary has planned to undertake similar outreach activities for industry and trade in the form of addressing large Town Hall meetings at various places. Details have been sent to all Chief Commissioners separately. I urge you to ensure the success of these interactions by liaisoning closely with the concerned State officers.
I am sure that the GST MIGRATION SEVA KENDRA in your office is working in full swing in assisting the existing taxpayers towards their migration to GST. May I now propose that these centers be converted into full fledged GST SEVA KENDRAs to cater not only to assistance in migration but for providing the entire gamut of taxpayer services such as trade awareness, education and handholding. I will be happy to know the initiatives taken in this regard in your offices which can be mailed to me on my official email id along with a few photographs.
Superintendents and senior Inspectors in the department have a wide experience in taxation and have also witnessed the major reforms that have taken place in the indirect tax regime over the years. I would urge all Superintendents and senior Inspectors to utilize this vast experience in effective outreach and handholding of assesses in the GST regime.
It gives me pleasure to inform that another milestone towards the “Digital India” initiative is being created by soon launching the Prosecution Management Module (PMM) as part of the Management Information System (MIS) under CBEC-DDM portal for efficient monitoring and administration of prosecution cases. This was one of the major recommendations in the 63rd report of the PAC (Sixteenth Lok Sabha) on “Administration of prosecution and penalties in Central Excise and Service Tax”. PMM would facilitate capturing of prosecution data in a user-friendly manner on a real-time basis, accurate and prompt reporting, and also digitization of critical documents. To begin with, field-formations would be required to upload legacy data pertaining to Central Excise and Service Tax. While detailed instructions would be issued shortly by Member (IT), you may like to take stock of all the pending prosecution cases and keep them ready to furnish required data on the PMM.
Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to extend our warm wishes to Sri Ram Tirath, Member, CBEC, who is superannuating this month. Our colleagues in Delhi gave him a very warm farewell today in the North Block. We all wish him all the best for his future.
With warm wishes,
(Vanaja N. Sarna)
All officers and staff of Central Board of Excise and Customs